John Shoven

Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow
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Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Econometric Society (elected fellow)
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John Shoven is the Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been supported at Hoover by the Bowen H. and Barbara McCoy Fellowship Fund. Shoven is also a member of the Department of Economics at Stanford University, where he holds the Charles R. Schwab Professorship, and director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Shoven has been at Stanford since 1973, serving as chairman of the economics department from 1986 to 1989, director of the Center for Economic Policy Research from 1989 to 1993, and dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences from 1993 to 1998.

An expert on tax policy, Social Security, and US savings patterns, Shoven was a consultant for the US Treasury Department from 1975 to 1988. The author of more than one hundred professional articles and eighteen books, he has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, the London School of Economics, Kyoto University, and Monash University. In 1995 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shoven has participated in various Hoover programs and conferences, including a conference on the California electricity problem in 2001 and a symposium on "Facing the Age Wave" in 1997, at which he addressed the taxing of pensions as an illustration of tax policy that seems to have gone awry and that may limit the most important form of savings in America. He also contributed a chapter to the book that resulted from the symposium.

Shoven earned a PhD in economics from Yale University.

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The Younger Old

The Younger Old

by John Shovenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Graying populations aren’t the economic time bomb we fear. Instead, think of better health and longer productive years. By John B. Shoven.

Generation of hands
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New Age Thinking

by John Shovenvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

There is a looming catastrophe stalking the developed world...

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Free Lunch? Not When It Comes to Social Security

by John Shovenvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 17, 2000

There are only two options to solve Social Security's solvency problem: Promised benefits can be reduced, or contributions to the system can be increased.

Social Insecurity

by John Shovenvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

Its current surpluses notwithstanding, the Social Security system is still sliding toward insolvency. How can the system be saved? Hoover fellow John B. Shoven offers a plan.

Keeping Savers from Saving

Keeping Savers from Saving

by David A. Wise, John Shovenvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Beginning in the 1980s, the government began introducing individual retirement accounts and 401(k) programs--widely heralded moves. Since then, in widely unheralded moves, the government has imposed new, all but confiscatory taxes on the saving these programs have encouraged. An analysis by Stanford dean John B. Shoven and Hoover fellow David A. Wise.

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Geezer Boom

by John Shoven, David A. Wise, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Hoover fellow David Wise and Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences John Shoven recently spent an hour discussing the effects of Social Security on the aging baby boom population. Their conclusions? Without radical reforms, Social Security won't work. And without Social Security, a lot of boomers will go bust. An interview by Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

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